Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Sunday the 4th day of December, 2016.

The countdown is on – only 20 sleeps until Christmas Eve Day.

Yesterday we had baby Milo here for a visit while his parents were out for a Birthday/Christmas party.

Wow, he is for sure a puppy as his energy level is through the roof.

But he as are all babies is so cute that even when his yellow fur ball self was running from one of the house to the other all his Grandma could do was smile and say “Alvin, you once upon a time

had that much energy.

Bless his heart Alvin did play with the little one.

They both love to fetch ….. and then pay tug of war.

It was cute.

I took a video and will post it soon.

I was able to get everything done before his arrival so that was nice.

This morning at 4:30 which seems to be Alvin’s new wake-up time came quite fast after we went to bed at 11:30 p.m.

So up we got and after what seems like 3 seconds Alvin was done eating (actually I think it takes longer for me to make the bed and for us to get downstairs) and I let him out.

When I opened the door I could hear a dog barking which is odd for that time of morning.

At first I didn’t think much at first.  (it was early).

Alvin after doing his business stood on the deck and raised his shoulders and head to the sky and let out this yell, not his usual thing.

So into the house and for the time it took us to go back upstairs I realized that I had better investigate.

I opened the office window which opens to the south side of our house and to where the barking was coming.

I could tell from his bark that it was a small dog – likely smaller than Alvin.

So I closed the window, told Alvin I gotta go and help him/her.

Ran downstairs donned my coat and boots and grabbed the keys to the garage (it is detached from my house).

Opened the back door and across the deck and unlocked the garage, turned on the light and opened the big door.

Once out I listened for a moment to get my bearings.

Once done, I knew it was the folks behind me but there is no access to the front door without going down the length of the back alley and then up the block and around the corner and into the

crescent to their house (and I had to listen once again to make sure it was the right house).

I could hear the little one still barking.

So I rang the doorbell, once twice and three times no one came.

So I opened the screen door and knocked as loud as I could on the door.

Finally a woman came to the door.

I told her when Alvin and I got up this morning I could hear your dog barking in the backyard.

She seemed kind of confused as first and then acknowledged that they must have left her in the backyard.

She said Thank you and closed the door.

After a couple of minutes the barking stopped.

Thank goodness.

It was cold outside.

I am grateful that it is not tonight as it is supposed to be almost minus 20.

Lesson learned anytime you hear a doggie barking in the night or early morning go and investigate.

Well I am off to a coffee date.

I definitely need coffee this morning.

Have a great Sunday.

Special Hello to: all those folks who help others including the four-legged kind and all creatures.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 21st day of October, 2016.

Supposed to be plus 10+ degrees celsius here in Edmonton today.

Yesterday was only supposed to be 9+ and ended up being +12.

Something to celebrate for sure.

Perhaps there is a chance that we have still have our family photos done outside.

Me and Alvin.

We have had our photos done every fall since I adopted him.

Cannot miss this one.

I appear to be getting older and Mr. Alvin well he looks pretty much the same.

Some years he might be in between hair cuts but he still looks his old handsome self.

I am so excited for it to be Friday.

Get lots of work done today.

Busy weekend …. I have lots of things I want to do.

This weekend is forecasted to be mild as well so it will be a good opportunity to clean the neighbourhood one last time before winter.

Every day I walk on a certain walkway and see all of the trash I want to cry, scream and pick it up.

But unfortunately I do not carry garbage bags and disposable gloves with me, perhaps I should.

Note to self.

I took some photos of my Halloween decorations but forgot to take some of the ones outside so will do that tonight and post them soon.

Only 15 sleeps I believe until I can put my Christmas Tree up and cover the house in decorations.

At least I can decorate outside after Halloween.

With the 1st falling on Tuesday it means I must wait until that Friday night or Saturday to put up the tree.

My tree is huge and although I can do it myself it is much easier with help.

Besides more fun with help.

It is got to be a thing that my daughter and I do together, something to share.

Our love of decorating the Christmas Tree.

Maybe more mine than hers but she enjoys it all the same.

Hot chocolate …… a treat ……. Christmas movie playing in the background.

Good times.

Well here we go again time to head out of the door.

Put on the finishing touches ….. grab lunch ….. a coat …. shoes …..scarf and mini gloves.

With it being so warm later only need a fall coat today.

Have an awesome Friday all.

Special Hello to:  YOU ALL…..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Wednesday the 19th day of October, 2016.

Dark dark now and just wait this weekend we turn our clocks back one hour.

Instead of it being 6:12 as it is now it will be 5:12 a.m.

Alvin has had a head start on that change.

This morning we were up at 4:30 a.m.

Oh my boy ……

 

Guess what!

I have news.

Yesterday I went to Costco with my daughter.

Guess what one of my purchases was?

You will never guess.

LIGHT BULBS.

It would seem that I had some burned out in every room.

Now when I turn on the lights there is no place for those dust bunnies to hide.

I could not believe the difference.

I can see my kitchen once again.

Almost every room was in dim mode.

As my daughter said “good lighting for beauty.”

Which is true.

Both of the light bulbs in my downstairs bathroom burned out at the same time which I thought was strange.

How does that happen?

Anyway whenever I was in there had to leave the door open as there are no windows.

So looking in the mirror gave me a nice glow …..

The upstairs main bathroom looks like you are on a stage and ready to belt out a tune.

Honestly I felt like I should have sunglasses on.

My bathroom now I can truly see to put makeup on and do my hair ….. before it was touch and go.

Always checked things out when I got to work.

Slightly kidding here.

Makes for a better story.

I bought two boxes and replaced 11/12.

The combined total in both boxes was 12.

Yikes.

Note to self: ask to go to Costco more often.

Well almost time to hit the pavement.

My friend “V” sent me a message last night to tell me there is another package on the way to me.

OMG, what a girl.

The theme is “orange” so wonder what might be in that box?

I cannot wait.

Definitely something good to look forward to tonight.

It is a great Wednesday.

Lights on and someone is definitely at home.

Have a great Wednesday.

Remember to have a sense of humour.

My friend and co-worker and tea drinker “K” is taking me to StarBucks (her treat) for a pumpkin coffee.

Cannot wait for coffee break.

Well time to fly.

Have an awesome day.

Special Hello to: all those friends out there making your friends feel so loved.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 29th day of April, 2016.

Wow, second last day of April left to enjoy.

I am so overjoyed to report that our beloved Elton went home with his Mom & Dad from the Hospital yesterday.

He continues to do better and better.

We thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers.

To everyone who aided in his care and surgery, there are no words other than THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts.

You brought our little guy back home to his Mom & Dad where he belongs.

His time is not yet to leave them.

I am eternally grateful.

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REMINDER:

( I guess I was under the weather last end of April as my blog went from the 27th to the 30th ….. as I did not wish to end the month before it did)

 

Good Morning and Welcome to Monday the 27th day of April, 2015.

I must tell you that there is nothing quite like pancakes with your daughter surrounded by our pups.

Good food …. excellent company ….. best Sunday ever.

The sun shone which is exactly what you would expect for this special day.

It was great.

I am so blessed to have such an amazing daughter.

She helped me set up a television in the basement (which they gave me).

Followed by finishing up some paperwork ….. the fun stuff, of course.

Then a trip to COSTCO.

Whoops, we knew when we hit the parking lot that it was busy.

Kudos to the staff at customer service (return) and to the check-out staff as they had things moving right along.

We got in and got out.

Successful trip …..

Followed by a glorious walk with me Alvin before supper.

Perfect day.

I guess my thoughts are all about the many blessings in my life.

If you just take a wee look about you will see that there is much to hold in gratitude.

Make that list.

Each day alive is a blessing.

Do the things you are passionate about and surround yourself with the ones you love.

Then life is perfect….or very close.

Your perfection is your perfection.

Not anyones’ but yours.

Happy Monday everyone.

Well almost time to grab that stuff and snuggle with me Alvin for a couple of minutes before heading out the door.

Special Hello to: all my friends all over the world …. thank you.

Always, Carol and Alvin

 

 

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 20th day of November, 2015.

It is a beautiful morning outside.

Did you see my added note from yesterday?

About 30 minutes after I went out with Alvin it started to snow!!

I have started to go outside with Mr. Alvin now as once there is snow on the ground … always good to pick up the “poop”  …..

So now it is up at 5:00 a.m. and no going back to the sofa.

We have not done that since last Wednesday, Remembrance Day which is the day our “rouge friend” arrived.

I have only seen him when he ran out of the pantry when I opened the door.

Oh, well this is my life for a few more days … hopefully day is the day.

He was not “caught” this morning.

We had breakfast in the office again.

Which I am beginning to enjoy.

Strangely enough.

It is always amazing how change can hit out of the blue.

It is all about how you handle it.

I think in this case I am doing quite well.

So happy to have my partner in crime and protector of Momma, Mr. Alvin.

He does help me feel safe and not alone.

Don’t cry for me, Argentina as I did not mean that I feel “ALL ALONE.”

Just that he is here and is good company and I am not alone.

Some company is always good.

So how is your Friday thus far?

Mine is great.

I cannot believe it is Friday?

Where did the week go?

Where did the month go?

Wasn’t it just Halloween a couple of days ago?

I just put up my tree … yes, almost one month ago.

WOW.

Well time to go and hit the shower.

Doing things in reverse now.

Which is a nice change.

Good for Alvin, too.

We all get into a routine …. a rut.

Make small changes …. ones that you control always feel better.

Although the “visitor” was definitely not my choice …..  sort of laughing out loud.

I hope that you have an awesome, wonderful, amazing Friday filled with a bit of change, lots of laughter, and above all a loving environment.

Special Hello to: Hi Sister …. I am doing well.  We are going to see Johnny tomorrow….

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Evening and it has been Monday the 28th day of September, 2015 all day.

I was away sick from work today ….. some bug got me but I feel much better after resting most of the day.

Mr. Alvin likes to keep me up …… always going to the door.

I am grateful that by sleeping for several extra hours and just resting the worse is over.

The sun is shining and I can tell you it has been a beautiful day ….. because Mr. Alvin spent a lot of time in the back yard.

So in the remaining hours of this Monday I am writing my blog.

Did you see the moon last night?

I saw it at the half way point but unfortunately the highlights of the evening were out of my sight.

I guess I might get to see it in 2033 ….. I will only be 76 so a date in the future.

Well I should go and check on Mr. Alvin ….. we won’t be walking tonight ….. as much as I think the fresh air would be good .the

walk is better left until tomorrow….. just going up and down stairs can be tiring.

Have a great evening and I will be back tomorrow.

Special Hello to: all those folks who are surrounded by four-legged friends ….. always treat them lovingly and with respect.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Tuesday the 22nd day of September, 2015.

It is dark out but not raining …. always a good sign in the morning (not raining for walking to the bus).

I think that we have had enough rain for a bit.

Well this morning I am running behind the clock …..

Would that not be a funny sight ….. me running behind this big old Grandfather clock??

Mornings always seem to come fast.

One thing this morning that warrants a quick note before I dash out the door.

Mr. Alvin wanted to sit upon my lap.

He doesn’t always ask every day so when he does it is a treat.

I love snuggling with him as I write in my gratitude journal.

Funny story before I sign off :  I grabbed the tube of toothpaste to brush my teeth.

Just as I was almost done I thought this doesn’t taste right.

OMG, I then realized that I had grabbed Mr. Alvin’s “chicken” flavoured toothpaste.

Baaa ….. blah ….. yuck (actually it was not that bad).

Time to go.

P.S. I did brush them with my toothpaste…. LOL

Have a super duper great “toosday.”

Special Hello to: my sister C.

Always, Carol and Alvin

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Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 28th day of August, 2015.

The sun is coming up although the sky is hazy …. likely from fires.

Mr. Alvin is off this morning.

For the first time ever he did not even want a “piece of banana” ….

He was laying on the sofa beside me for our snooze before getting up.

I got up and he usually lays there until I have the banana ready to eat.

Then he leaps off the sofa.

When he jumped off the sofa he kind of yelped …. and scurried to the mat by the door.

At first I thought he got a nail caught in the blanket (I am careful about blankets).

Anyway he still seems off …. I do not want to leave him home alone.

He appears to be shaking like he did a long time ago.

Perhaps I will just stay at home and take him to see Dr. K in a little bit.

I sure hope he is okay.

Guess I better sign off ….. strange day.

My poor baby …. didn’t even want his banana.

Special Hello to: all those folks with beloved pets …. their companions.

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day …..

Good Morning and Welcome to Friday the 17th day of July, 2015.

Well it is raining here in Edmonton ….. and very windy.

We need the rain so it is good.

Mr. Alvin does not like the rain so much, it took much coaxing to get him to go out to go “pee,” earlier.

Doesn’t look like he will be going out anytime soon.

I tried a few minutes ago … he just stood outside the door and whimpered.

Almost broke my heart.

Eventually he will go …..

This morning I am going to the office extra early as we are having a pancake breakfast.

So our Social Committee for which I am a member does the prep for the breakfast.

So cutting strawberries here I come.

It is always a fun way to start the day.

I cannot imagine being in the parade in the pouring rain …….

Also I am very grateful as one of the ladies that I work with is picking me up …..

I figured that I would have had to leave the house at 4:45 in order to get there in time …. ARGHH.

I would have had to get up about 3:30 a.m. …….

So on this rainy Friday I am very grateful ….. we need the moisture so much.

Just hope that it comes down a bit slower …. actually I think it is just the wind that makes it sound worse.

I hope that you have a great Friday …. YAY it is the weekend.

Special Hello to: all the farmers ……

Always, Carol and Alvin

Thought for the day ……

Good Morning and Welcome to Thursday the 11th day of June, 2015.

It is warm out but overcast here this morning in Edmonton.

We had a great evening last night me and Mr. Alvin.

Our friends “I” and “N” were riding their bikes by as I went by the window last night.

I quickly opened the door to say hi and to show them which house was ours.

They live a few houses away but we always see them when we are out for a walk.

So we visited for a few minutes and I could hear Mr. Alvin in the house.

He did not wish to put on his harness so at first I just carried him out and set him on the ground between

us so that he would stay.

Alvin squeaked and squealed with excitement over our friends.

Unfortunately that did not really go well … so I picked him up ….

I guess I need to lift more weights …..

I held him for all of our visit until near the end when my arms would hold him no more and we went back to the steps where I set him down.

It was great.

He loves them so much.

Safe to say that Mr. Alvin has a lot of friends here in the “hood.”

A bit later we got ready and went for our walk and saw our neighbour out watering her flowers, so we stopped.

This time Alvin kind of held a back seat to the visiting …. he patiently stood waiting for us to go.

What a guy.

Well I am running late ….. just a tad.

You see I was having this dream …. it was very odd.

Up at 4:30 with Alvin and then back to the sofa till 5:30 and had to have 15 more …..

I hope that you have an amazing day.

It is always the little things that are the best.

Oh and the “wild” roses that line our walkways by the parks are oh so fragrant.

I wished that I had one of those bushes in my back yard.

Special Hello to: all of our family …..

Always, Carol and Alvin

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